ARLINGTON, VA – One of the most successful, influential, and respected political and media advisors in the modern era, Mark McKinnon, has been announced as the keynote speaker for this year’s USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
McKinnon is the creator, executive producer, and co-host of Showtime’s real-time documentary series on the 2016 election and the Trump presidency, The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth - the highest rated unscripted program ever on the network.
Prior to stepping in front of the camera, McKinnon was the chief media strategist to five successful presidential primary and general election campaigns, including those of President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain. He also worked for Texas Governor Ann Richards and to advance many causes, notably those dedicated to bipartisanship, civil dialogue, and political problem solving. He has been praised by politicians and leaders on both sides of the aisle for his expertise and his integrity.
For the Outlook audience McKinnon will explain how lessons he learned crafting successful political messages can be used to tell the agriculture story to audiences unfamiliar with the territory, as well as share some of his unique up close experiences with world leaders and candidates.
“Mark’s take on politics and telling your story is so interesting, I am really looking forward to hearing his thoughts on the current political landscape, but also on how it all specifically relates back to the rice industry,” said USA Rice Chairman Brian King. “He’s the perfect speaker to help us kick off two days of expanded learning, networking, and a bigger and better trade show, and I can’t wait.”
The USA Rice Outlook Conference will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, on December 10-12, 2017.
King said additional programming and sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities will be announced in the coming weeks.